MP Says US Pressure Should Not Influence S. Korea Ties

MP Says US Pressure Should Not Influence S. Korea Ties  MP Says US Pressure Should Not Influence S. Korea Ties

A lawmaker visiting South Korea said bilateral relations should not be undermined by the mounting US pressure.

“Age-old relations between our two countries must not be affected by US pressures,” said Asadollah Abbasi, the president of Iran-South Korea Parliamentary Friendship Group as he called for cementing friendly relations between the two sides, Mehr News Agency reported.

The legislator made the remark in a meeting with Kang Seok-ho, chairman of the South Korean National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee, on Saturday in Seoul.

“There are numerous venues of cooperation in the  political, economic, cultural and parliamentary fields in the two countries. Barriers should be removed and the grounds be paved for expanding relations,” said Abbasi.

The lawmaker pointed to the hostile US policies against  Iran and asserted that such illogical policies in violation of  international law had led to rampant insecurity and instability across frontiers.

“The US unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA proved Iran’s honesty, integrity and reliability and US’s unreliability,” he said, referring to the formal name of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which the US abandoned in May.

 The South Korean lawmaker, for his part, welcomed the visit of Iranian delegation and said “parliamentary visits help contribute to bolstering bilateral interaction and  pave the way for closer political, economic and cultural relations.”

Kang Seok-ho voiced concern over the newly erected obstructions by US on the way of developing interaction between the two countries and said South Korean officials are determined to defy the new restrictions.

 “Purchasing oil and gas condensate from Iran is necessary and vital for South Korean industries,” he was quoted as saying.


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